A glorious country house built 200 years ago of stone from the Purbeck Hills, situated within its own beautiful, formal gardens


While hotel receptions usually house a rack of leaflets describing places to visit, ours is different, our reception is the home of a unique tourist information guide: The Grange Guide to Wessex.

Tintinhull Garden

Tintinhull Garden (15 miles/24.0 km)

Here is a formal garden which has been created around a 17th century manor house. The estate features small pools, varied borders, a kitchen garden and secluded lawns.

Lytes Cary Manor

Lytes Cary Manor (16 miles/26.0 km)

Lytes Cary is a beautiful medieval manor house featuring a 14th century chapel. The gardens are also very attractive.


Athelhampton (27 miles/43.5 km)

Athelhampton is a magnificent Tudor house set in a beautiful 19th century garden. Here you will see the world famous topiary pyramids!

Stourhead Estate

Stourhead Estate (28 miles/45.0 km)

Stourhead is a famous Palladian mansion filled with Georgian treasures, Chippendale furniture and fine paintings. Enchanting temples, monuments and rare planting surround the tranquil lake. There are also woodland and chalk downland walks towards nearby King Alfred's Tower, one of the finest follies in Britain. There are also two Iron Age hill forts to explore

Kingston Lacy

Kingston Lacy (29 miles/46.5 km)

This is a 17th century house with fine art and Egyptian artefacts. There are also lovely gardens, woodlands extending to 250 acres and the restored 18th century corn mill on the River Stour.

Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens

Abbotsbury Swannery and Subtropical Gardens (30 miles/48.5 km)

Voted ‘Best Family Attraction in Dorset', Abbotsbury Swannery is an ancient and special site providing protection for hundreds of nesting swans and their broods. The nearby Subtropical Gardens are sheltered from the northerly winds and the temperate climate created by the nearby sea makes it ideal for the flowers and shrubs that grow there.

Prior Park Landscape Garden

Prior Park Landscape Garden (45 miles/72.5 km)

This is an 18th century garden created by Ralph Allen. It features a Palladian bridge, several tranquil lakes, and spectacular views of Bath

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